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Mind Reading Or Manipulation? A Professor’s Weekend Show

Alexander George, by day a philosophy professor, by night a mentalist or mind reader. He hosts sessions at a cafe in Northampton, Mass. Photo by Tom Wood for NEPR

Alexander George, by day a philosophy professor, by night a mentalist or mind reader. He hosts sessions at a cafe in Northampton, Mass. Photo by Tom Wood for NEPR

Alexander George has been demonstrating seemingly inexplicable feats at a hip Northampton, Massachusetts, café for a few months.

About a dozen people sat around tables one night as he introduced himself.

“I am a professor of philosophy at Amherst,” George said. “And in that capacity, I’m actually doubly interested in strange features of the mind.”

Reading the mind, that is.

Whether teaching philosophy to 20-somethings, or demonstrating a unique set of skills where he appears to know what card, number, or word is on your mind, there are connections between the two.

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